Bernard G. “Bernie” Rivers, age 81 of Monroe, died on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. Bernie was born on June 21, 1937 in Red Wing, MN, the son of Raymond and Jeanette (Wolfe) Rivers. He graduated from Madison East High School in 1956 and served in the Army National Guard from 1955-1960. Bernie and Louise Kearney were united in marriage on November 19, 1959 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Madison. He worked as a well driller for 13 years, sales manager for Prudential Insurance for 23 years, and ten years as head of security at Edgewood College until retiring. In 2001, Bernie and Louise moved to Monroe where he was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Knights of Columbus #1471, Monroe Moose Lodge #754, and the American Legion Post #84. He enjoyed playing golf, gambling, and spending time with friends and neighbors.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Louise Rivers of Monroe; two sons, Mike Rivers of Janesville, and Steve (Susan) Danner-Rivers of Windsor; twin grandsons, Jeremy and Gavin Danner- Rivers; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Rivers of Madison. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jim Rivers on Nov. 10, 2018.
A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, 1329 31st Avenue, Monroe. Memorials are suggested in Bernie’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be shared at www.newcomerfuneralhome.net